Wednesday, September 7, 2016

10 Most Common Snake Myths

Everyone has heard the stories: larger than life snakes rising from the deep recessed shadows, snatching a human into its clutches only to slowly digest him or her live. Have you heard a story similar to this?

This is a sample of one of many myths and stories perpetuated-incorrectly-about snakes. This article is to address the ten most common myths about snakes, and offer the truth behind them.

Myth #1

Snakes are slimy and clammy to the touch.


This is incorrect. No snake is slimy. Their scales are actually quite smooth, and glides easily over skin; not an ounce of slime present. Likewise, snakes are not clammy. Depending on where you find one at, it will be either warm or cool to the touch. This is because snakes cannot create their own body heat. Therefore, they are the temperature of the environment where you find them.

Myth #2

All snakes have fangs, and a bite from one will hurt severely and lead to death.


Not all snakes have fangs, nor do they all have venom, and contrary to popular belief, many snake bites do not hurt.

Only venomous snakes have fangs: copperheads, cottonmouths, vipers, etc. Snakes such as boas and pythons do not possess fangs. A few species of snakes possess ‘rear’ fangs, such as a Hognose. However, these fangs are far back in the mouth, hence their name, and even if the snake does bite, you aren’t likely to get caught by those rear fangs.

Usually, a snake bite does not hurt. Small colubrids, such as corn snakes and garters, rarely ever bite, and when they do, it is hardly painful. Even a larger snake will not hurt nearly like one would expect. The level of pain you feel comes down to what the snake wants you to feel. If it wants it to hurt, it will, no matter its size. Luckily, most are nothing more than pricks on the flesh.

Myth #3

Pet boas and pythons can eat you.


Not true. Most pet pythons and boas will never reach a size where that even becomes a possibility. Ball Pythons, Jungle Carpet Pythons, Red Tail Boas…none of these get anywhere near the size to eat their master.

Likewise, for those who keep Burmese, Reticulated Pythons, and Anacondas, the odds of being eaten by their snake are non-existent. Burmese have been known to kill their owners, usually because of the keepers’ lack of knowledge and caution, but never has it been recorded of a pet snake eating its master.

Myth #4

Snakes carry large amounts of Salmonella, and will make you sick.


While snakes do carry Salmonella, the odds of becoming infected by it are very small, if properly cared for. One must use common sense when handling a snake. Never allow it in your mouth (I’m not aware of anyone who actually does this), and always wash your hands after handling the snake. Using an antibacterial gel works fine.

Always remove feces and urine from a snake’s cage as soon as it happens, as the feces are where Salmonella is contracted. If your snake happens to slither through it, give the snake a warm bath to clean it, clean the bedding, and then replace the snake. Be sure to wash your hands.

Finally, be sure to scrub the cage once a month. Completely remove all objects, scrub the cage with a light bleach solution, rinse thoroughly, and after it has dried and has no fumes, replace everything. As long as the cage and snake are properly maintained, and you wash your hands, the odds of becoming sick from a snake are very slim.

Myth #5

Snakes can hypnotize humans and animals with their eyes.


This is not true. A snake cannot hypnotize a person or animal in any way.

Myth #6

Hoop snakes. This is by far my favorite myth, as I almost wish it was true. The myth goes that whenever a hoop snake is scared, it will bite its tail, form a circle-or hoop-shape, and then roll away like a wheel. Another version of the myth says that it will form a hoop shape and then chase the offender.


Unfortunately, this myth is just that-a myth. There is no such thing as a hoop snake. No snake will bite its tail and form a hoop; it is an anatomical impossibility for their body structure. If a snake is frightened, no matter the type, it will slither away on its belly, not roll away like a wheel.

Myth #7

Hognose snakes (also called Hoggies and Puff adders) can breathe out vaporous venom that is fatal up to a distance of about 20 – 25 feet.


Hoggies don’t have vaporous venom-in fact, they don’t have any venom. This myth likely originated because Hoggies, when threatened, will puff up their necks like that of a cobra, and hiss wildly. However, if you were to continue bothering it, it would eventually stop with the faux cobra act and flip over onto its back, becoming limp and lifeless. They are not poisonous, they are simply cowards.

Myth #8

A snake can only bite you if it is in a springing, coiled position.


I can speak from experience that this is indeed a myth. The scar between my right index finger and thumb from a very angry Ribbon snake attests to the fact that they can strike from any position, including from the feet of an over-anxious 11-year-old.

Myth #9

Milksnakes like to sneak up on cows and suck the milk right from its source.


Wrong! They may be called Milksnakes, but they are like any other snake. Try to give it milk, and you will get a very confused, possibly amused, Milksnake.

Myth #10

Last is the myth that there are cottonmouth snakes in the New England area.


This is false. There are no cottonmouth snakes in New England. They are very prominent in the Southeaster states, but are not found in the north. What most people assume is a cottonmouth is most likely a North Water snake. These snakes look nearly identical to a cottonmouth; growing up in Ohio right next to a creek, I’ve run away from more than one ‘cottonmouth’.

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10 Most Disappointing Video Games of 2010

The year in video games for 2010 ended in a similar fashion to the rest of the year, disappointing. Normally when the holiday season hits video gamers have their choice of multiple A+ video games but this holiday season the big releases were more like B games. With the exception of a handful of games (Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Galaxy 2) most of the games in 2010 were a disappointment and these eight were the most disappointing.

Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey is not a bad game; in fact it is far from a bad game. It just failed to live up to the monumental expectations. When art from the video game was first released a couple of years ago Epic Mickey looked like a hands-down game of the year candidate. Instead Epic Mickey probably wouldn’t even make a top 10 list for 2010 and it doesn’t help that Epic Mickey is the same style as Mario, which blew the Disney mouse out of the water with Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Final Fantasy XIV
Most of the games on this list are video games that had high expectations and failed to live up to it but Final Fantasy XIV is a different type of disappointment. There were very few Final Fantasy fans that had high expectations for Final Fantasy XIV. This game is a disappointment in that it was made when nobody was clamoring for a Final Fantasy MMO. After thirteen main title games (and many other side games and spinoffs) Square Enix should know what their fans want and should have known Final Fantasy XIV was not it.

APB was being dubbed as Grand Theft Auto as an MMO game. Sure it was about stealing cars and shooting people and sure, it was also a MMO. Unfortunately they forgot to include GTA’s good stories, good missions, good characters, good voice acting and good side quests. Other than that it was exactly like a GTA MMO.

Fighters Uncaged
When Microsoft showed off Kinect for the first time it was pretty clear that this was just going to be another vehicle for boring sports games and lame dancing games. The one small hope was that Fighters Uncaged would be a good alternative for hardcore gamers that just want to kick some butt. Unfortunately Fighters Uncaged was possibly the worst of all the Kinect games.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Fans of the Prince of Persia series knew that 2010’s blockbuster movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal was going to be a bomb but at least they had The Forgotten Sands to look forward to. If Prince of Persia had some other name on the front of the box it might not have been as disappointing but this installment just wasn’t up to snuff with the Prince of Persia series.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
Castlevania is a beloved video game series that deserved a better installment than Harrmony of Despair. There were mixed reviews for Harmony of Despair with many pointing to brevity as a main issue. A Castlevania game deserves more one player time than just six levels. Most of the positive reviews were due to an online multiplayer mode but developers should have known that Castlevania fans would desire a good one player mode more than a new multiplayer mode.
Dark Void
Dark Void was a game many were looking forward to in 2010 and there are even rumors that Brad Pitt is developing a feature film with Pitt possibly playing the lead. For once Hollywood couldn’t possibly ruin a good game with a movie adaptation because there is no good game to ruin. Many magazines were giving Dark Void a rating around 5 out of 10 saying it was a generic shooter with too many bugs to even be an average game.

X-Men Arcade
X-Men Arcade was possibly the most talked about Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade game of 2010. Fanboys were excited that the arcade X-men game they all loved as a child was going to be playable on their consoles. Unfortunately playing X-men Arcade is just like watching old He-Man or Thundercats cartoons. Realization sets in that when you were a child you liked a lot of stuff that kind of sucked. The truth is the X-Men Arcade was not a great game; we just loved it because it was the X-Men and because it was one of the few six player games. Now that games can be played online with thousands of other people the novelty of a six player game has worn off.

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10 Money Saving Travel Tips for Senior Citizens

Travel is one of the most loved activities of those who are retired, it is a wonderful benefit of having free time. There are some special considerations to be considered for senior citizens who are planning a vacation or trip. Many retirees and senior citizens love to travel, but are on a fixed income. Whether you are traveling in the summer, at the holidays, near your home or overseas you can still stay within your budget and save money. Here are 10 money saving travel tips for seniors to get the most of their travel time and their money.


One of the most important things you need to pack is any over the counter or prescription medications you take – the most vital of the money saving travel tips for senior citizens. It is important if you plan to travel near home, but especially if you are going to another county. Of course you need your medication to stay healthy, and if you forget to bring what you need it could be costly. Depending on where you are traveling it can be hard to find or replace the medication you take, remembering to pack it can save you money. And if you try to go without it you may find yourself ill, and having to spend your vacation and money seeing a doctor, or visiting a hospital.

Travel Insurance

If you are traveling by airplane, cruise ship, train or bus one of the best of the money saving travel tips for senior citizens are to purchase some kind of travel insurance. You can check with your travel agent to get more details, there are different levels of coverage to fit all vacations. Travel insurance can save you money if for some reason you have to cancel your trip. If you do not have travel insurance you could lose money on cancelled flights, hotels and even rental cars.


Number three on my 10 money saving travel tips many senior citizens are not aware of. It is how to save money on a hotel in another country. Hotels in Europe have very stringent rating standards. You are able to save money by booking a three star hotel instead of a four star hotel. You will be getting a hotel that is a higher quality than a three star hotel in the United States, due to their strictness of ratings all at a lower price.


On the list of money saving travel tips this one could probably save the most money. I suggest everyone including senior citizens use a travel agent when booking a vacation. Not only can they advise you on travel destinations and insurance they also have access to many flight and vacation package deals to save money. They can help you save money by booking your flight at off-peak times, get you early-bird discounts, and can often get you a senior citizen discount.


If you are traveling at Thanksgiving or Christmas to see family my next of the money saving tips applies if you are going by plane, train or bus. To help senior citizens save as much money as possible I suggest shipping any holiday gifts to your destination ahead of time. Now with many planes charging so much for extra baggage the cost adds up very quickly if you are bring a lot of presents. If you ship them ahead of time you are also able to insure them for a low cost, an easy way to save money. This way you they will arrive safely and you will not worry about them getting damaged on the train, plane or when stowed under the bus.


For senior citizens who cannot safely or comfortable drive when they travel a bus strip is a wonderful alternative. This of the money saving travel tips also offers convenience. You can enjoy your vacation on a bus with many amenities and luxuries and not be stressed with driving. Here at or you can view some of the wonderful benefits. You can get Wi-Fi, extra leg room, plug-ins, reserved seating, handicapped accessible and even some $1 fares.

Cruise Ships

One of the least known of the money saving travel tips for senior citizens are the discounts many can receive on a cruise. Most cruise lines offer special discounts for past guests, police officers and firefighters, military personnel (active duty, retired, and sometimes even veterans with as little as 2 years service), senior citizens and even airline employees. Even your travel agent may not be aware of all these discounts, you can save some money by researching online for them.


For senior citizens traveling by car the largest expense is usually the gas. Number eight on my money saving travel tips is to use a credit card that offers rebates when you fill up. Large nationwide gas stations like Shell and Mobil offer rebates to frequent customers. You will be surprised how much money you save from taking advantage of these programs.


Another of the great money saving tips for senior citizens is to cut down on your food budget when you travel. Eating out at restaurants can really add up quickly. You can save and eat healthy by stopping at a grocery store and packing a cooler. You can then enjoy a fun picnic lunch on your trip


The last of my money saving travel tips for seniors will help you save if you are going on a train trip. Whether you are going across the United States or another country like Europe you can save by choosing a sleeping car. Hotel stays can be quite costly, especially in another country. If you are able to book a room that allows you to sleep you can save money by traveling through to your destination without having to stop at a hotel. And you will be well rested and ready to enjoy your vacation when you arrive.

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10 Most Funniest Quotes for Graduation

Ahhh. It’s that time of year. You’ve come a long way and you made it. You actually made it.

The years have went by so fast while filling your minds full of fond memories, trials and tribulations, but above all, laughter. So why not end the school year with a bang. It’s time to laugh and to think of the future that is unfolding right before your eyes.

Here’s a compilation of the 10 funniest graduation quotes of all time in no particular order.

1. Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money. ~Gary Bolding

Yep, money and graduation go together, especially when your parents are in a good mood and want to give it to for your great accomplishment.

2. If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you. ~Robert Goheen

Even graduation and accomplishment brings a feeling of insecurities. Life is a continuous lesson in learning and you will never really know it all. You’ve taken a big step and now it’s time to leap into the unknown.

3. Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.
~Erma Bombeck

What will your parents do now that you have graduated? They have paid your tuition, done your laundry and fed you. Your all grown up and they have nothing to do. It’s time to return the favor.

4. A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success.
~Robert Orben

Let’s just say you start your individuality after you throw those square-shaped mortarboards into the air and leave the campus. Until then, it’s teamwork baby.

5. Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously
~G.K. Chesterton

You can’t seriously think you can keep up with the others without an education do you? You have to put on your best game face and psyche your other peers out.

6. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Your a big person now, you graduated and hopefully took away with you most of what you were taught. You have all the right tools, now do something with it.

7. There is a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘commencement exercises’. Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning.” ~ Orrin Hatch

That’s right, you are just beginning your life. Now what are you gonna do about it?

8. Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated. ~Garry Trudeau

Yes, you are excited, overwhelmed, ready to take on the world. However, we need to make sure the world is ready for you.

9. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance! ~Andy McIntyre

Well said Andy McIntyre, yes education is extremely expensive, but lack of education can cost you dearly in the real world.

And finally…..

10. To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States. ~George Bush

Ok, am I reading this wrong or did he just claim to be a C student? It goes to show you that you don’t need to be the top fish in the pond to get a good job.

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10 Most Annoying Movie Quotes

One of the best things about movies are the quotes we get from them. When somebody leaves a room they might say “hasta la vista” or tell you that they’ll be back. If you cry during a baseball game you’re sure to get a famous Tom Hanks quote, asking to know the truth will get Jack Nicholson yelling at you and any time you meet somebody named Luke you are certain to tell them that you are their father. On the other hand there are many movie quotes that become extremely annoying and these are the 10 (or so) that I hope to never hear again.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “Show Me the Money”
Movie: Jerry Maguire

Show me the Money from Jerry Maguire was one of those movie quotes that was just overused. Any mention or use of money would result in somebody yelling “Show Me the Money!” I didn’t even think it was the funniest line of the scene. It’s much funnier when Tom Cruise yells “I Love Black People” at the top of his lungs.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “I’m the Juggernaut Bitch”
Movie: X-Men 3

“I’m the Juggernaut Bitch” actually started on the internet. The line was used in a extremely crappy overdub of an X-Men cartoon. For some reason people on the internet love crap so it became popular. The fact that the third X-Men movie actually stole the line in an attempt to be hip was just pathetic.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry”
Movie: Love Story

Simply the dumbest quote ever written.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “I’m King of the World”
Movie: Titanic

Leonardo Dicaprio’s proclamation was another quote that was just used too much and to make it even worse, when people quoted the line they had to thrown their arms out in the air like morons.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “I’m Just a Girl Standing In Front of A Boy Asking Him to Love Her”
Movie: Notting Hill

You’re a girl standing there and I’m, wait, where am I standing? In front of you, but where are you standing? Could we draw a map or something. Really a romantic line should not be this confusing.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner”
Movie: Dirty Dancing

This line has been uttered by hundred or thousands of people over the years and only once in all that time has it actually been funny or cool and that was when Neil Patrick Harris quoted the line in How I Met Your Mother.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “You Had Me At Hello”
Movie: Jerry Maguire

The ladies might think this is romantic but really this line is one of the things wrong with the movie Jerry Maguire. Absolutely nobody talks that way, it’s unrealistic and for women to pine for somebody like that isn’t going to end happily for them.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: Anything Said By Forrest Gump
Movie: Forrest Gump

It pains me every time somebody quotes a Forrest Gump quote simply because most people’s impression of a mentally challenged person is agonizing.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: “You Complete Me”
Movie: Jerry Maguire

More of the same unrealistic drivel.

Popular Movie Quotes That Are Annoying: Anything Said by Somebody in the Mob or a Gang
Movie: Goodfellas, Scarface, Godfather, etc.

There are two rules I have for quoting movies about mobs or gangs. 1. Only quote the movie if you have the accent down perfectly. 2. You don’t have the accent down perfectly.

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10 Moments in History the Vista Tour Boat Fleet Has Seen

The Vista Fleet is a Scenic Tour Boat company that has operated in the Duluth/Superior Harbor throughout the past 50 summer tourist seasons. My first experience touring this fascinating shipping port was while I was attending school at Homecroft Elementary School some almost 50 years ago. You might say I got in on the ground floor as the company was sprouting its wings or setting its sails as the case may be.

Operating out of a small building dockside behind the now labeled Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center the Vista Fleet originally consisted of two boats, the Vista Queen and Vista King. Years later the Vista Star was added to the fleet greatly adding to capacity and versatility as dinner cruises and special event cruises became part of the offerings.

As a young student seeing the harbor up close for the first time was amazing. How much that harbor has changed over the past 50 years is even more impressive. Bridges came and went, shipping boomed and busted, railways gave way to interstate highways. An ongoing ever evolving commerce ebbed and flowed as the country progressed through the 20th century.

The following are some of the highlights of a harbor cruise on the Vista Fleet including many changes and events that the tour boats witnessed over the past 50 years or so.

1. The Duluth Ariel Lift Bridge: If there ever was a structure that defined a city the Ariel Lift Bridge would be it. Welcoming ship board traffic since 1904 it has transitioned from a gondola ferry bridge to a lifting span bridge that connects the community of Park Point and the whole of Minnesota Point with the rest of the city.

2. The Grain Elevators: Throughout the harbor a number of massive storage facilities hold grains transported by truck or train from the fields of the Dakotas on their way east and onward around the world in the hold of ocean going freighters.

3. The Peavy Grain Elevator Fire: 1978 saw witness to a spectacular fire destroying a landmark from the early years of Duluth. The Old Peavy Elevator, a wooden structure constructed by laying one 2×12 white pine plank flat on top of another, caught fire and burnt uncontrolled through the night. This method of construction consumed huge quantities of virgin timber in the 1800’s as Duluth was just getting established as a port city.

4. The Duluth-Superior High Bridge: Now known as the John A. Blatnick Bridge was constructed in 1961. The building of this bridge allowed modern truck access to both the Duluth and Superior sides of the harbor. With a rapid way to bring grain to port shipping took off in the 60’s to the point where long lines of semi trucks waiting to be emptied were a common sight as you drove across this wondrous span looking down at the many large boats coming and going. This new bridge replaced the Old Interstate Bridge, a wooden toll structure that I can still remember crossing with the family in our 1951 Chevy. Parts of this bridge still remain today as a fishing pier open for public use.

5. The Iron Ore Docks: Have you wondered where your car came from? The steel for it and most of the modern world around us originated from Northern Minnesota Iron Ore Mines. Did you know more then ½ the iron ore mined in the world comes from Minnesota mines. Transported year around by rail from the mines some 75 miles north of Duluth Taconite pellets are stockpiled then loaded on Great Lakes Iron Ore Carriers to head east to the steel mills. This part of Minnesota’s economic past is most important to me as I both worked for a Minnesota Iron Ore Mine and sailed on an Iron Ore Carrier throughout my working career. The mine has since changed names and the old steamships no longer exist.

6. The Coal Docks: The Superior Midwest Energy Terminal opened in 1976. Coal transported by rail comes form mines out west and is stock piled and loaded to be shipped across the Great Lakes.

7. The Grounding of the Socrates: A grand spectator experience as the winds of November in 1985 caused the ocean going freighter the Socrates, which was anchored a mile off shore waiting its turn to enter port, to be blown aground off the sandy beaches of Park Point. Six days later the ship was successfully pulled back out to deep water and was able to continue on its way. During that embarrassing (for the ships Captain) period the Duluth Transit Company provided bus shuttles loaded with curious passengers wanting to see the rare occurrence.

8. The Fireworks Disaster: The Vista Fleet had front row seats for the spectacular explosions. The 4th of July 1988 Fireworks Display (Video) was short but none the less dramatic as we all ran for our lives. The Vista boats were within a matter of yards out in the harbor. I was in Bay Front Park with thousands of other spectators anticipating an hour long fireworks display. Within seconds after the first round of mortars flew skyward the whole works lit off all at once on the ground. It was wild mayhem as we all ran for safety but no one was seriously injured.

9. The Bong Bridge: Our most recent interstate bridge connecting Duluth to Superior is the Bong Bridge dedicated to Richard Ira Bong of Poplar Wisconsin. This Top World War II Ace of Aces shot down 40 Japanese aircraft in the Pacific theater. The Bong Bridge replaced another relic of early transportation the Old Wooden Arrowhead Bridge. Again a portion was saved and serves yet today as a fishing pier.

10. The William A. Irvin & The SS Meteor: Two unique and important parts of the Great Lakes Shipping History. The Vista Fleet’s main terminal is located adjacent to the Irvin on the Duluth side of the harbor while their second terminal is located adjacent to the SS Monitor on Barkers Island located on the Superior side of the harbor. It’s fitting that tours of this great inland shipping port should originate alongside the retired Flagship of the U.S. Steel fleet and the only remaining example of a Whaleback Steamship.

The Vista Fleet has seen many changes and experienced some unique events while safely transporting tourists and locals alike around this great harbor. It’s been a while since I’ve experience the blare of the lift bridge horn announcing it’s rise to clear harbor bound traffic from around the globe. Maybe it’s time to sign on for a Dinner Cruise and renew my connection to the Head of the Lakes and the Vista Fleet again.

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10 Movies to Help You Celebrate the 4th of July

When we think of the ways we celebrate the 4th of July, we usually conjure up images of picnics, fireworks, barbecues, and parades. How about also watching a movie that suits the holiday spirit, films such as “The Patriot,” starring Mel Gibson or “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” with James Stewart? Here are 10 other 4th of July movie picks that are sure to get you into a patriotic mood. Not only are these movies entertaining, they also celebrate many of the ideals of our founding fathers. With the exception of one, all are available on DVD:

1. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
James Cagney portrays the legendary Broadway songwriter and performer George M. Cohan in this rousing, flag-waving classic. This was Cagney’s favorite film role, and it shows; he’s obviously having a blast…singing, dancing and cracking wise. He burns up the screen like a two-legged firecracker and deservedly won the Best Actor Oscar. The toe-tapping score includes the title tune, “Harrigan,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Over There,” and “Grand Old Flag.” Pay particular attention to the final scene as Cagney dances down the White House staircase after being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. His dance was completely improvised and is absolutely brilliant.

2. 1776 (1972)
This movie version of the Broadway musical depicts the events leading up to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and our nation’s first 4th of July. Ken Howard plays a handsome, stately Thomas Jefferson, Williams Daniels is an irascible John Adams, and Howard da Silva is the witty, proverb-spouting Benjamin Franklin. Many of the song lyrics are based on actual correspondence of the time and include ” The Lees of Virginia,” “But Mr. Adams,” “He Plays the Violin,” and “Molasses to Rum.” American history has never been so much fun.

3. The Music Man (1962)
This movie version of the Broadway hit is a nostalgic slice of Americana, circa 1912. Robert Preston stars as Professor Harold Hill, a slick con man determined to fleece the good people of River City, Iowa with promises to form a boys’ band, while secretly planning to flee with the money for the instruments. Shirley Jones plays his would-be foil, Marion the Librarian, who soon finds herself falling for the charming rogue. Highlights include, “Trouble,” (sung by Preston like a Pentecostal preacher looking to convert the masses), “Til There Was You,” and the rousing “Seventy-Six Trombones,” performed during the movie’s Fourth of July celebration.

4. Johnny Tremain (1957)
Disney adapted this film from Esther Forbe’s classic novel about a boy’s coming of age in the days leading up to the War of Independence. Johnny Tremain is apprenticed to a Boston silversmith, but a tragic accident leaves him without a trade. He’s befriended by Paul Revere and other Sons of Liberty, and takes part in the Boston Tea Party and the battle of Lexington and Concord. A good 4th of July movie pick for younger family members.

5. The Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)
Clifton Webb plays march master John Philip Sousa in this enjoyable film which focuses mostly on Sousa’s home life and as conductor of the Marine Corps Band. Webb is his typically droll self, and a young Robert Wagner plays Willie Little, a fledging Marine band member and inventor of the Sousaphone. Debra Paget portrays Lilly, a showgirl that Willie wants to marry, but Sousa’s rules forbid married couples from touring with the band. The movie is a wonderful mix of comedy, drama, and, of course, Sousa’s glorious marches, including “The Washington Post March,” “El Capitan,” “Semper Fidelis,” and the title tune. The film is only available on VHS, but it’s definitely worth the search.

6. The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
The five Sulllivan brothers join the Navy during W.W.II and insist on serving on the same ship with devastating consequences. The movie follows the brothers’ adventures growing up in Iowa as inseparable comrades-in-arms. It’s a surprisingly unsentimental film for its time in its depiction of a working class family, and its themes of loyalty, sacrifice and love of country reflect the ideals we celebrate on the 4th of July.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The character of Atticus Finch, played by Oscar winner Gregory Peck, was voted cinema’s top hero by the American Film Institute in 2003 and rightly so. Atticus embodies the qualities which with America prides itself: decency, fairness, tolerance, courage and the conviction to always do what is morally right. As a small town lawyer in the Depression-era South, Atticus defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. He challenges the jury to put aside its prejudices and judge the accused based on the central principle of the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal…That’s no ideal to me. That is a living, working reality!” For this powerful and moving scene alone, this wonderful film deserves a spot on the “must-see” 4th of July movie list.

8. The Great Escape (1963)
This is the riveting true story of 250 Allied soldiers plotting a massive escape from a German P.O.W. camp during W.W.II. The movie depicts the ingenious details of the escape exactly as it happened. The all-star cast includes Steve McQueen (watch him in the famous motorcycle chase across the German countryside), James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn. In one lighthearted scene, the only three Americans in the camp invite their fellow prisoners to celebrate the 4th of July with some homemade moonshine. This exciting movie reminds viewers of the importance of human freedom and what one will do to attain it, no matter how high the price.

9. All the President’s Men (1976)
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as Washington Post reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, whose investigation into the Watergate cover-up led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. It’s an engrossing mystery that reminds us why the founding fathers placed such great value on freedom of the press. But more importantly, this movie emphasizes the American principle that no one, not even the leader of the free world, is above the law.

10. Rocky (1975)
Rocky Balboa, a second-rate boxer and self-described “bum,” is offered the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to fight the world champion, Apollo Creed, for a shot at the heavyweight title. The venue? The city of Philadelphia on the 4th of July. Sylvester Stallone, who also wrote the screenplay, is perfection in the title role as the goodhearted underdog pursuing his American dream. And because America loves an underdog, this inspiring movie completes the list.

So, in honor of Independence Day, keep the spirit of the holiday alive by treating yourself and your family to a movie or two from the above list… and have a very happy 4th of July.

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10 Must Have Items for Every Sports Fan This Season

Whether you are a basketball, baseball football or soccer fan these are those 10 must have items for every sports fan this season.

The portable radio

The portable radio complete with earphones is one of the small appliances that must not miss out on your list. Whenever two of your favorite teams are playing different games use this to engross yourself. This can be purchased here or collected at your local store for as low as $4.

AA size batteries

The AA size battery type is most common for powering your portables providing the power supply most appropriately. Price ranges from $5.97 for a pack of four sold here or from your local retailer

Digital camera

How remarkable it would be to capture that spectacular spot kick or dunk by your favorite star using your ‘faithful’ digital camera. Miniature types of this for as low as $0.99 can be found here or from your local retailer.

Helmet fan

Sometimes the tempo of the game is very fast and your heart pounds and you sweat. The cap fan provides a suitable way to cool off this heat. This battery or solar powered gizmo befits the occasion and can be purchased here for as low as $3.

Sunscreen lotion

Why not include one of those handy sunscreen lotions to prevent those sun burns and especially while watching those games that are mostly outdoors. A variety of these can be picked here or from your local store from as low as $8

Team T-shirt or jersey

Of course those favorite autographed team t-shirts are a great addition to your collection. Going for as low as $6 these can be purchased here or at your favorite local store.


If the action is a bit distant catching it from the terrace may be tedious for your eyes unless you have the binoculars at your side. This can be used to capture all the action as though at close range and engage you every moment. A good one goes for as little as $8 and can be purchased from here or your local shop

Beer helmet

The beer or snack helmet is a bright innovation to include in the collection of any fan this season. You can sip your beer and eat your snack as you watch the game. This item can be bought from here at as low as $10 or from your local store.

Bobble head

One can also have a bobble head of their favorite star. This can go on your desk at work or home and is a good identifier. Found at some of the local stores this item can also be purchased here from as low as $0.99.


Generally money is what you ultimately need apart from all the other stuff. Catching the action live requires tickets that cost money.

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10 Most Profitable Films of the Decade

Here is my list of the 10 most profitable films of the decade. This does not necessarily mean they are the best movies of the last 10 years, just the one that made the most profit. I also think these are some really good movies because, usually, a lot of people do not go see really bad movies. I say usually because profitable movies do not ALWAYS equal good movies. The list is going backwards by year, so I will start with the most profitable film of 2009. Enjoy!

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson this blockbuster was clearly the top-grossing movie of 2009. To Harry Potter fans this comes as no surprise. The film made $935,230, 924 and spent about 4 months in the theater. The Harry Potter books are a huge success, of course when they are made into movies they become an even bigger success!

2. The Dark Knight (2008)
This film stars Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, and Heath Ledger. This film also ran about 4 months and grossed $1,001,842,429 making it the most profitable movie of 2008. Heath Ledger’s death sadly made this movie make even more money. It is a great film and very different from the Batman’s before it.

3. Pirate’s of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
The third film in the series, Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley come together once again. Most everyone loves to see Mr. Depp as the fabulous Jack Sparrow. This movie took in $935,230,924, most of which was brought in during the first month.

4. Pirate’s of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Two years in a row the Pirate’s of the Caribbean series took number one as the highest grossing movies. Does this surprise anyone? This time the film took in $1,066,179,725. Wow, a little over a billion dollars!

5. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005)
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson are the precocious trio in this top grossing film of 2005. This movie took in $896,016,159, a little less than “The Half-Blood Prince” but nothing to laugh about.

6. Shrek 2 (2004)
With an all-star cast this lovable movie had no problem becoming the top grossing film of 2004. Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and a host of other greats, this film took in $919,838,758. With such a brilliant cast children and adults alike clearly loved this animated monster movie.

7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
This is the third movie of The Lord of The Rings series, starring Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. This movie took in $1,119,263,306. It’s no surprise because who can resist those Hobbits? The movie is visually astounded and undoubtedly belongs on this list.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
This is the 2nd movie in the series and brought in $926,287,400. This movie also stars Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, as well as many others. All of the movies in the Lord of the Rings series are wonderful and deserve a spot on my list.

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
This is the first movie in the Harry Potter series. This movie brought in $974,773,550 making it the top grossing film of 2001. This series wins for being the top grossing series of the decade. Of course six films were released this decade and only half of them were top grossing films but I don’t think J.K. Rowling’s is going to complain about that.

10. Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
This action film starring Tom Cruise made $546,388,105 and is the lowest top grossing film on the list by far. It is still a great movie but it probably did not make as much money because it is more of a movie for adults. The other top grossing films are entertaining to all ages, which clearly makes a movie more profitable.

It will be exciting to see what the next decade brings us when it comes to movies. Will there be any more sequels on this list that are the most profitable movies. It certainly is a possibility!


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10 Must Have PC Gaming Accessories

Gaming on the P.C. is a completely different breed from console gaming, and P.C. gamers are a different species to their console relatives. A different species, with different tools. Millions of tools. How to choose? Choose a reasonable price range, and read on.

The first thing you need to choose, is a keyboard. The keyboard is usually the main input device of a P.C. game, so shelling out a good amount of your budget on this, makes for good sense.

Saitek Eclipse
Price: $24 new

This is the cheapest keyboard option. Has lighting, good quality keys, volume controls, and adjustable height.

Logitech g15
Price: $70 new, $40 used.
This keyboard has 6 programmable keys, back-lit keys, volume control, media center controls, detachable palm rest, cable management, and the crowning glory, a LCD screen for game statistics. Is an oldie, but a goodie, if you can find it.

Razer Lycosa
Price: $61 new

My favorite keyboard on this list, it’s the best looking, with all the features of the g15 minus the LCD (personally I think the LCD is pointless, but you might like it) The keys are also extremely responsive as they are keycap – more like laptop keys, than desktop keys, which I find bulky. However, it is the most expensive, assuming you don’t pay full price for the g15.

A gaming mouse. A specialised gaming mouse, is just as essential as a specialised keyboard. When playing agaisnt top class competition, a jitter of the cursor, or the ability to press a button on your mouse to launch a RPG or change tactics, could be the vital difference between victory and defeat.

Microsoft Sidewinder X3
Price: $27 new
The cheapest mouse option, and excellent value for the money. Left and right mouse buttons, adjustable DPI (how precise the mouse is – you want it to be precise in shooters, for example when you’re using an assault rifle, but when you switch to a sniper rifle, lowering the dpi, will make it less jittery, and easier to control), and programmable buttons on either side of the mouse. This mouse fits the average size hand quite well.

Logitech G500
Price: $55 new

The middle priced option, this has more bells and whistles than the Sidewinder. This has three programmable buttons insteadof the Sidewinder’s two, and theyre all on the thumb side, which makes them easier to use, than having one on the thumb and one on the pinky. Has the left and right mouse buttons, of course, the scroll wheel is clickable, and also tilts both left and right, and has a slider which control how quickly the wheel scrolls. Also has two buttons for adjusting the DPI.

Razer Imperator
Price: $59 new

The most expensive option, you usually cant find this for less than around $65. This has an very easily clicked scroll wheel, two DPI adjusters, the two mandatory mouse buttons, and the cream of the crop, progammable thumb buttons, which are movable, to better fit your hand. This sounds silly, but is actually extremely useful. For example, on the Sidewinders big brother the X8, I can’t reach the buttons on the side of the mouse. No such problem the Imperator. Its also a great looking mouse, like most Razor products.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Price: $25

Not exactly a mouse, but definitely a controller. Some games, you just need the console controller, and in my opinion, the Xbox 360 rules the field, at least when it comes to controllers. How lucky for us that there’s a cheap Xbox 360 controller made for the P.C. than, isn’t it! A must have.

Sound. Most people dont think of sound when they play their games, but boy, does it add atmosphere. Left 4 Dead with Christmas jingles? It just takes out some of the atmoshpere, don’t you think?

Razer Carcharias
Price: $65 new

Extremely comfortable, quality sound, stays on your head, great microphone and great bass lines, when you’re listening to music. Nothing bad to say about this, worth the money. It’s 5.1, which is why it’s cheaper, as the sound quality is supposed to be of lesser quality than headsets of the 7.1 sort.

Logitech G35
Price: $92 new

This is the 7.1 surround sound headset option. More expensive than Razor’s 5.1 offering, if money’s no object, go for this. The surround sound makes it so that you can literally tell where people are in your game from the noises they make,as the noises are directed from the different positioned speakers inside your headset. Very comfortable, and comes with three programmable keys as well, and the microphone includes a voice morphing tool.

Have fun!!! These tools of war, of war and fun, should give you an edge over any of the competition.

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10 Movie Quotes from My Favorite Films and What They Mean to Me

Action. Adventure. Comedy. Romance. Drama. All of these genres (and many more) have given us so many memorable movies with Academy Award winners and Oscar-worthy actors and actresses playing some of the greatest roles of our time and even before our time.

Movies have dominated today’s industry, some making millions of dollars in the box office alone. Some of those movies include: No Country For Old Men and I Am Legend. Both of those movies are highly recommended. Those movies and many others have continued to sell millions after they have left the box office. They also have set the standard for present and future movies.

But what makes a movie memorable? What makes our favorite movies stick with us? Is it the heart pounding action sequences like in: Beowulf or Hitman? Is it the thrills and chills we get from watching that newest scary movie or thriller like: Michael Clayton or Saw 4? Is it the edge of your seat car chases like in :The Fast and The Furious or Gone in Sixty Seconds? Or is it the epic romances like Atonement or The Notebook that have you wiping the tears away? No matter what kind of fan you are, you will find something that you like at the movie stories or the theater that will have you laughing, crying, steaming mad or a combination of the three.

To some people the actors and actresses who play the starring (and sometimes not so starring) roles are what catch our attention. Actresses like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Hilary Swank and actors like: Brad Pitt, Gerard Butler, and Anthony Hopkins have defined our generation and they too set the standard for future films.

We quote them, we talk about them, we recommend them to our friends and even the stranger standing next to us at the movie store. So what I have done for you is complied 10 of my favorite movie quotes and what they mean to me. Every movie I have listed both in the body of this article and in the Quotes I highly recommend you watch.

The first quote I have for you comes from the 2005 Warner Bros. Picture “Rumor Has It” starring Jennifer Aniston and Mark Ruffalo.

The Quote: “

I feel this is one of the most raw and romantic quotes there is. Sarah is telling Jeff that she loves him so much that she doesn’t want anyone else, not then not ever. It is love in its simplest form in my opinion. Even though it was wrote into a script, it still has meaning to everyday people like you and me. Not everyone can experience that in their lifetime. Hopefully you will.

The next quote I have comes from the 2004 New Line Cinema film Blade Trinity starring Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, and Dominc Purcell. It’s short, maybe not so sweet, but it get the point across.

The Quote: “Use it.” Blade (Wesley Snipes) to Abigail (Jessica Biel)

This is a short one, only 2 words, but the meaning behind it is what matters. Blade is not comforting Abigail with this, he is getting her to use her pain from Drake killing her friends to fuel her revenge on him. That quote can be used in our modern day lives. Most of us have experienced some form of tragedy in our life. What do we usually do (or at least want to do)? We want to curl up in a ball under our covers and make believe that we are dreaming the tragic event and that when we wake up all will be right in the world. But that’s not what happens does it? No. What we need to do when something like this happens is use your pain, your hurt, your anger, and let it fuel you forward in your life. After all what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger right?

The next quote I have for you is from the 2001 Universal Pictures film The Mummy Returns starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, and Oded Fehr. There are actually two quotes from this movie I have listed.

1st Quote: “There is a fine line between coincidence and fate my friend” Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr) to Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser)

This quote goes hand in hand with the motto that I live by. Everything happens for a reason. And that is what the wise Magi is trying to get Rick to understand. That there is a reason he is going through what he is going through. This is true of our everyday life as well.

2nd Quote: “Only the journey is written, not the destination.” again this is said by Ardeth to Rick.

In our life no one really knows where we will end up. The choices we make, the people we meet, the things we do, it all directs us to our destination. They define us. What we do on our journey will outlive us. Every bump in the road, every break in the path it all leads us to where we are supposed to be. Where will your path lead? Only you can find that out, have a safe “journey” my friend.

The next quote I have ties into the one I just gave you. It comes from the 2006 Screen Gems feature film Underworld Evolution starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman.

The Quote: “There really is no going back Michael.” Selene (Kate Beckinsale) to Michael (Scott Speedman)

Whether your name is Michael, John, Susie, Mary, or Linda you are at (or have been) at some point in your “journey” have wished you could go back. But you can’t. There really is no going back in our life. There is no retracing our steps if we get lost on our path or hugging a tree until someone finds us. I have been there several times in my short 22 years on this earth and the only advice I have for you is remember this quote then take a deep breath, close your eyes, and relax for a minute. Then open your eyes and continue on. Just remember, there is always someone on another path that is worse off than you.

The next one I have for you is from the 2003 Screen Gems film Underworld starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman.

The Quote: “It’s the oldest story in the book, he wants the one thing he cannot have…” Viktor (Bill Nighy) to Selene (Kate Beckinsale)

Everyone wants something they can’t have, or at least most people do. It truly is the oldest story in the book. The Forbidden Fruit, we all want it. But what we do about it is what defines us.

The next quotes I have for you is from the 2007 Buena Vista Pictures film The Game Plan starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Quote: “Dad’s are great for picking you up and dusting you off, and they give you the courage to do things you never thought you could” – Monique Vasquez (Roslyn Sanchez) to Joe Kingman (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)

I have been blessed in my life with a wonderful step dad. He has been there for me all my life and I am so grateful for that. This quote really is true, not just for dads but for step dads as well. He has picked me up, dusted me off and gave me courage to move on with my life. His life alone makes me appreciate my own. I love him very much.

The Quote: “Never say No!” Joe Kingman’s signature line in the movie

You should never say no, plain and simple. If you continually say “I could never do that…” then you wont, but the only thing stopping you from doing whatever it is you want to do, is you. So what’s it gonna be? Are we going to stand there and let the world pass you by or are you going to get a move on and live your life?

The next quote I have is from the 2006 Warner Bros. Picture The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.

The Quote: “She’s more real to me than anything I’ve ever known.” Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) of Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock)

There is always someone in your life that you feel this way about. Usually they end up being your significant other and sometimes it doesn’t work out to that. But they are forever branded on your soul. They make you feel like you can conquer the world. They feel real to you and they make YOU feel real and human. I have met someone like that, he taught me a lot about myself and who I am today. Hopefully you will meet someone like that too.

My last quote comes to you from one of my favorite movies of all time the 2004 New Line Cinema film The Notebook.

The Quote: “I am no one special, just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life, there are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect, I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived…I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me… that has always been enough.” – The Older Noah Calhoun (James Garner)

This is how I want to be remembered, not as a common man of course, but for who I am. I too am no one special, I am just a common woman living a common life. How do you want to be remembered after you leave this life?

Well, this concludes my thoughts on Movie Quotes for now. I hope you enjoyed reading them and I hope you enjoy watching the movies that they come from. Until next time!

I’m not going to stand here and tell you I can’t live without you, because I can. I just don’t want to. – Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) to Jeff (Mark Ruffalo)

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10 Movie Quotes that are Inspiring to Me

1. Hannibal Rising

A newbie in the world of Hollywood, Hannibal Rising tells of a young Hannibal Lector, and all the tradgedies that befall him. In the last few scenes, he tells his “girl” that he loves her and her response is so moment defining, that it makes one think of their past relationships and the bad times they held.

“I love you.” “What is left of you to love?”

2. Ed Wood

A wonderful movie by Tim Burton, Ed Wood inspired me to never give in, and this lecture was presented in a humorus and cutely perverse way.

“Why spend your life making someone else’s dream?”

3. From Hell

Another Johnny Depp film, he portrays Inspector Freddie Aberline, the detective assigned to discover the idenity of Jack the Ripper. This quote gave me chills, in a nostalgic way. It was as if it was a prediction to the near future.

“Men will look back and say I gave birth to the 21st Century.”

4. Batman Returns

Yes, I love Tim Burton, but he well deserves it. Catwoman is deliciously wicked and the Penguin is disgustingly crude. The quote that the Penguin says is sorta of a wake up call for people who think inside the box.

“But when it comes down to it, who’s holding the umbrella?”

5. 3oo

This action flick caused quite a sensation is several entertainment areas, but that doesn’t take away from it’s hardcore quality. A lot of the quotes capture the intensity of war and the blood involved with fighting in one. I felt braver, even a little dangerous. This got me “reved up” so to speak.

“…for tonight, we dine in hell!”

6. Moulin Rouge

A seductive musical about the famous French Gentleman’s Club. It gives way to a intimate love story, involving the club’s most famous star and a penniless writer. When he feels jealously, he becomes enraged and is determined to “pay her back” I felt like this before, trying to make a point in leaving forever.

” Tell me you don’t love me!”

7. The Phantom of the Opera

A classic, this flick tells of the Opera Popularie’s ghost and his murderous obession with the new starlet, Christitne Daae. Their love-hate relationship relates to me all too well, and this quote really shows in his dedication, and maybe it’s too dedicated.

“..You only can make my song take flight…”

8. Memoirs of a Geisha

Oscar worthy film, Memoirs of a Geisha, tells of the hard life for Geishas, involving art, hate, and unconditional love. Here, this quote, is all but false. It’s sadly, very true.

“Every step I have taken has to bring myself closer to you.”

9. Hot Fuzz

Simon Peg and Nick Frost are geniuses and this movie proves it. With the main character’s ending relationship coming into play, it showed some of us that it’s hard to devote yourself to something you love, but then find something else you love and treat it as well.

“You just can’t switch off, can you?”

10. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

This awesome ’70s movie made us all kids again, with the wonderful fake candy and the slightly exciting Oompa Loompas. The songs were all inspirational and they made you think. This quote made me realize the world can be a beautiful place; if you look hard enough.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and you will.”

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10 Natural Acne Home Treatments

Does a certain acne treatment you are using cause nasty side effects? Maybe you are paying good money for a treatment that is not living up to expectations? Before you run off to the drug store to purchase another acne treatment follow some of the following tips for natural acne home treatments.

  • Acne Home Treatment #1 – Grind nutmeg with un-boiled milk and apply on acne for 1-2 hours. Pimples should disappear without leaving a mark.
  • Acne Home Treatment #2 – Make a paste by mixing honey and cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. Repeat for two weeks, pimples will disappear forever.
  • Acne Home Treatment #3 – Apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder. Note that this remedy is not for sensitive skin.
  • Acne Home Treatment #4 – Make orange peel paste by grinding it in some water. Apply on and around pimples.
  • Acne Home Treatment #5 – Rub fresh garlic on and around pimples. Pimples will disappear without a mark with regular applications.
  • Acne Home Treatment #6 – Apply fresh mint juice over the face every night for the treatment of pimples, insect stings, eczema, scabies, & other skin infections.
  • Acne Home Treatment #7 – Apply fresh lime juice mixed to a glass of boiled milk as a face wash for pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin.
  • Acne Home Treatment #8 – Apply ripe tomatoes pulp on acne pimples and keep up to 1 hour, then wash.
  • Acne Home Treatment #9 – Make a paste of salt in vinegar. Rub it on the pimples. Wash it off after 20-30 minutes with lukewarm water.
  • Acne Home Treatment #10 – Apply grated potatoes as poultice to treat skin blemishes, wrinkles, boils, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, etc.

Most of the ingredients are found right there in your own kitchen. So, next time before running off to the drugstore to pay top dollar for the next great acne treatment give some of these natural home acne treatments a try. Resource:

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10 More Things You Didn't Know About Dancing with the Stars’ Chaz Bono

1. Bono doesn’t remember the times he came out on stage as the waifish little girl who said good night on her parents’ spangled TV show. But he does remember wanting to be a boy named Fred.

  • 2. Bono’s mother, Cher, has been uncomfortable with the whole process, but that in the end she has supported her daughter/son.
  • 3. In support of her son, Bono’s mother Cher has said “If I woke up tomorrow in the body of a man, I couldn’t get to the surgeon fast enough.”
  • 4. As a child, Bono loved the classic horror movies like Frankenstein and Wolf Man.
  • 5. He was inspired to change genders by the movie Boys Don’t Cry. He had a hysterectomy in 2005 because of endometriosis.
  • 6. Bono has written two books and participated in a documentary about his life. Why did he go so public? He said that he had learned that children of celebrities need to tell their own stories of their lives, or else someone else will do it, and do it badly.
  • 7. Bono’s father, Sonny, had a political career rather than a singing career after he split up with Bono’s mother, Cher. He served as mayor of Palm Springs, California, and was elected to Congress on the Republican ticket. He died in a skiing accident in 1998.
  • 8. Chaz thinks his father, Sonny, He would have been good with his choice to change genders. “He was always cooler with that stuff than my mom, so I think it would have been easier for him.”
  • 9. Bono started up a firestorm when he mused that ABC might cancel the show Ellen because it was “too gay.”
  • 10. Bono would like to marry his longtime girlfriend. They both started out in a lesbian relationship, but now they refer to themselves as straight.


The reluctant transgender role model. (2011, May 08). New York Times

I Prefer Him As a Man… (2011, May 13). Daily Mail Reporter

Time, 5/30/2011, Vol. 177 Issue 22, p64

Because Chaz Bono Is a Fortunate Son. Advocate, Jun/Jul2011, Issue 1050, p24-31

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10 Natural Ways to Slow Aging

There are some advantages to getting older: a higher income, more personal freedom and finally being comfortable with who you really are. But poor skin texture, wrinkles, sagging skin, and flab aren’t something any of us look forward to as we age.

Heading to the spa for expensive treatments or injections, or going under the surgeon’s knife to get that “youthful look,” may seem like the quickest solutions, but they are not the only ones. Injections are not only expensive, but also painful and not guaranteed safe. Surgery always carries some risk and can make you look unnatural. Less extreme facial peels, laser and exfoliation treatments are better options, but they can still run into thousands of dollars over time.

While aging is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be a battle. Before you break the bank or do anything drastic, consider these natural and inexpensive youth-promoting alternatives that may help you avoid doing something you might regret:

Do Facial Exercises.

Facial muscles need toning too. We exercise our bodies to keep our youthful looks, so why not the face?

You can find free facial exercises online at sites such as or download a free eBook at and find low-cost publications and DVDs that are loaded with ways to improve facial structure and appearances through a “targeted facial toning program.”

Practice Inversion Poses.

Gravity has a serious effect on our aging bodies. By defying gravity and going upside down in certain yoga poses such as headstand, handstand, shoulder stand and down dog, you can reverse some of those aging effects. These inversion poses also send fresh blood to your brain and face, help clear out your adrenal glands, remove toxins and increase circulation to prevent varicose veins.

You can take classes, watch Fitness TV, subscribe to Yoga Journal, rent or buy a yoga DVD or visit to learn how to properly do these simple, but ageless moves.

Eat Raw Foods.

Not everyone can or wants to become a raw foodist (that is someone who eats about 70 percent of their diet raw) like model-actress Carol Alt, but adding more raw foods to your diet could help freshen your looks. Raw foods like fruits, vegetables, raw cheeses, nuts and seeds contain enzymes that help the body replenish cells.

Alt swears by her diet, profiled in her book “Eating in the Raw,” and her smooth skin, lean figure and healthy appearance at the age of 49 may be proof that it works.

Eat Less sugar.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, natural health advocate, states on his website at, that “Eating sugar and grains will increase your insulin level, which is one of the fastest ways to premature aging.”

In the book, “Lick the Sugar Habit,” author Dr. Nancy Appleton, reports that sugar not only causes obesity, which can lead to a host of health issues, but the sweet substance also causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, and accelerates aging due to increasing insulin in the blood.

Cutting back on the sweet stuff and switching from processed white sugar to more natural sweeteners, such as organic raw sugar, honey, molasses or Stevia, which don’t spike your insulin levels as much, could save your body-and face-from the ravages of aging.

Stop Smoking.

While young people may start smoking because it looks cool, the nasty habit is torturous for your skin, teeth and not to mention your heart and lungs. Smoking gives skin a sallow appearance, creates wrinkles, especially around the mouth, and not only makes teeth yellow but also cuts off the oxygen to your gums so the roots of your teeth will eventually die. Yikes! How cool is that?

De-stress to Refresh.

Calming and revitalizing are two things that help skin stay youthful and fresher looking. As we get older, stress shows more on the face as lines and dull dry skin. Get as much restful sleep as possible, take breaks, meditate and get massages, if necessary, to keep stress-and wrinkles-at bay.

Hydrate with Purified H2O.

Most health professionals will tell you to drink lots of water, but you also want to make sure you drink the most hydrating, healthful water available. City water contains more than 200 chemicals and bottled water isn’t much better. Drinking, cooking with and bathing in tap water that is filtered and purified is the best choice. On his website,, Dr. Mercola recommends using water purifiers that are certified by NSF or ANSI to get the best quality water.

Or if you really want pure water the way nature intended, find a natural spring near you at

Think Green (Tea).

Free radicals can be murder on your face and body. That’s why consuming antioxidants like those found in green tea is so important. Antioxidants help neutralize your bodies’ oxidants or free radicals. Green tea contains polyphenols, which have been found to counteract the antioxidizing effects. Therefore, regularly drinking fresh-brewed (not bottled) green tea may help delay the signs of aging.

More information about the benefits of green tea can be found at

Go Coconuts.

Many anti-wrinkle treatments on the market are not only pricey, but they also contain chemicals and preservatives, such as parabens, glycols and even formaldehyde, that can actually be harmful to aging skin. On the other hand, the lauric acid in virgin coconut oil is pure and natural moisture.

Whether taken internally, or used topically as a moisturizer, coconut oil carries many healthful benefits. Besides the lauric acid that is beneficial for hydrating, coconut oil also contains vitamins and minerals, and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help relieve acne, psoriasis and other skin irritations.

For more on the healthful benefits of coconut oil, visit

Get Happy.

Beauty and youth come from within. If you are happy with your life and who you are, it will show on your face. You will radiate and glow with vibrancy. On the other hand, being sad and depressed leads to a tired look, wrinkles and dull skin. (And best of all, being happy doesn’t cost a thing.)

Instead of fighting aging, maybe it is best to learn to embrace it and slow it down just a little. That way we can age beautifully as well as gracefully.

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10 Movies that Aren't Just for the Holidays but Anytime of Year

It seems like when the holiday season rolls around everyone wants to get into the spirit of things and some of the best movies are those that are centered on the holidays. Here is a guide of 10 films that will heighten your holiday spirit for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Home for theHolidays (1995) Jodi Foster made her directorial debut in this family comedy drama. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) is heading back home to Baltimore for the Thanksgiving Holidays down on her luck- she just lost her job, made out with her ex-boss and learns that her teenage daughter (Claire Danes) is planning on using the holidays to lose her virginity to her boyfriend. Once Claudia is back home plenty of drama and humorous things occurs as she is forced to re-evaluate her life and her very kooky family-over bearing parents, a perfectionist older sister, crazy aunt, and her beloved yet trouble making gay brother (Robert Downey Jr.) and his new boyfriend who is meeting the family for the first time.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) In this Thanksgiving classic legendary comedians Steve Martin and John Candy join comedic forces. It’s Thanksgiving and Neal Page (Steve Martin) can’t get home for the celebration after his flight has been canceled due to bad weather. Determined to get home, he decides to find another means of transport and runs into Del Griffith (John Candy) who agrees to help give him a ride. Hilarious adventures ensue as a simple car trip turns into one from hell.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without Charlie Brown and the Peanut crew. Although it isn’t a movie but a television special aired every year it still has become an American Thanksgiving tradition. This childhood classic centers on the beloved protagonist Charlie Brown who sets out to make the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for his friends-Snoopy, Linus, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty and her pals. Can you ever really get to old for the Peanut gang?

The Santa Clause (1994) Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is recently divorced and co-parenting with his ex-wife to raise their 6 year old son. On Christmas Eve he gets a surprise visit from Santa himself and after a freak accident that leaves Santa dead Calvin is forced to save the day by delivering presents in the reindeer sleigh. He gets transported to the North Pole where he meets elves that tell him he is the new Santa. This movie makes you revisit your childhood when the impossible could actually be possible if you just believe enough.

Home Alone (1990) After being accidently left home alone for the Christmas Holidays by his family as they head for France, eight year old Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) has to fend for himself and defend his home from burglars. This is by far my favorite Christmas movie of all time.

Elf (2003) The always funny Will Ferrel plays an adult elf who leaves the comforts of the North Pole to go on a journey to find his true father (James Caan). His journey lands him in the asphalt jungle of New York City where he learns how the world outside of the North Pole works and attempts to build a relationship with his father. Although the theme of the film is very traditional for a Christmas movie- what really counts is the people that love you and the relationships you build Elf is very funny and will make you wonder what else could be going on at the North Pole.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989) The Griswolds are planning a fun and eventful Christmas celebration but as usual nothing goes as planned and everything that can go wrong does. Unexpectedly family comes from out of town which puts a cramp in the holiday plans. Clark (Chevy Chase) manages to irritate his next door neighbors which causes some major friction and while he is waiting for his holiday bonus which he plans to use to help cover the cost of the holidays(and learns that he might not end up getting) he goes on a lavish decorating spree which only causes more chaos. Eventually with all of the stress Clark snaps. Plan to laugh out loud in this hilarious comedy that will make you cross your fingers and hope that you don’t inherit any of the characters bad luck.

The Family Stone (2005) Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) accompanies her boyfriend (Dermot Mulroney) back home to meet his very close family the Stones for the Christmas Holidays. Meredith is not well received but determined not to give up in getting them to like her she calls her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to help her out. Tensions only escalate when the Stones love Julie and hate Meredith even more. By the end of the holidays family secrets are revealed, revelations emerge and nothing is quite what it once was. You will laugh and cry in this family tear jerker which is a very accurate portrayal of modern day family life.

Frosty the Snowman (1969) This 22 minute animated television special tells the story of Frosty The Snowman who is brought to life by a magical top hat causing him to sing and dance. Frosty teaches the children of the town to appreciate everything that Christmas has to offer. Unfortunately, Frosty’s life span is being threatened by a villain, a scary magician who is trying to thwart the Christmas cheer.

Love Actually (2003) Love – romantic and brotherly – fuels this romantic comedy set in London about eight people and their interconnecting stories, causing them to follow their hearts as they prepare to celebrate Christmas. The central idea is that love actually is around all of us all the time. Although usually we tend to embrace this idea more during the holidays…….go figure.

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